It has to be Harry
Paul Merson believes England need to call on Harry Redknapp in the wake of their World Cup disaster.
Last Updated: 28/06/10 5:01pm
I just don't see how Fabio Capello can keep his job after that.
I know the FA are going to meet in a couple of weeks to decide, but I don't see how he can carry on - other than the fact they have to pay him £12million because of the clause they agreed to take out of his contract.
And I know who I would have instead - Harry Redknapp. People will think I am only saying it because I've played for him, but believe me everyone of those players would want to play for him.
These players don't need coaching, they're top-drawer players who know it all, but they do need belief and confidence - and Harry would give them that in buckets.
Even though they are top drawer, players still lose confidence and need that; they need to play with the confidence that if they do give the ball away it won't be the end of the world, that they won't get the manager waving his arms around, elbowing Stuart Pearce off the bench.
We're England, we should have an English manager. Albania should have an Albanian manager; it's just common sense. England were not impressive once in four games, not once. Look at how the Mexicans went out after us; they played with a bit of flair and invention and at least gave it a go.
We never even came close to that. The trouble is I think we all got carried away with Capello because of how bad Steve McClaren was.
And I hope we all don't get carried away going on about Frank Lampard's goal that never was. Let's get this straight: that disallowed goal didn't knock us out of the World Cup.
Of course it should've been given and I can understand the debate about goal line technology but it is only papering over the cracks.
That was only one minute. For the other 89 Germany - and a young Germany side, not your typical Germany side - were a far, far superior football team.
Yes they were unlucky and yes, you can say it changed the way England played, forced them to change tactics, but there really wasn't any need.
We were only 2-1 down with 35 minutes to go. Why did we suddenly have to go chasing the game like that, push forward and leave ourselves ridiculously open? We weren't 5-0 down with nothing to lose, playing for a bit of pride.
The whole thing was hard to believe. In fact, it was laughable - or it would've been if you weren't English. Some of the defending was not even good enough for schoolboys; if it had happened in a pub game the night before and all the lads had been out the night before, you still wouldn't expect it.
All four goals were down to basic, basic errors and I am sat here wondering how that can happen. You can sit and watch 7,000 Premier League games and you won't see anything like that from one team in one game. Never.
Look at the first goal; just one long punt down the middle and it's in. Matthew Upson gets brushed off the ball by Miroslav Klose who, let's be honest, is at the back-end of his career. And even if he was 25, he's hardly a giant is he?
For the second goal, how much time and space did Lukas Podolski have on that back post? Where was Glen Johnson? The lad even had a poor first touch but there was still no-one closing him down.
The third and fourth though, really summed it up for me. We're caught downfield and Johnson gets all the way back, just runs straight past Bastian Schweinsteiger. Just bring him down! Clip his ankles, give away the free-kick, take a booking. That's what you call a good yellow card!
Mind you, Gareth Barry's was even worse for fourth. We know Barry has never been the quickest, but neither did I know there was a problem with quicksand in Bloemfontein. And again, just take the man down! You might say that sounds unsporting, but believe me, that's what other countries would do in those sitauations. That's what Germany would do.
It was pathetic. There's no other word for England's defending. What makes it worse is that is what we are supposed to be good at defending. That's what we do; we defend first and then we let our attacking players do their bit.
This was an international match, at the World Cup finals, yet here we are talking about mistakes you wouldn't see on a school pitch.
They weren't the only ones though, because Capello made a fair few as well, last night included. You're all probably wondering what he was doing bringing on Emile Heskey and Shaun Wright-Phillips, but I genuinely thought bringing on Joe Cole was was the wrong move.
This wasn't a game where the opposition had 10 men behind the ball and needed unlocking, it was stretched, crying out for a bit of pace, someone like Aaron Lennon.
And who knows had we got at Germany properly, it might have been different. Remember this was basically a team, of kids - half of them were in the Under-21 side last year. The Germans are planning for three or four years down the line, yet here they were superior in every department to England.
Yet somehow, the manager is still in a job today. I just don't understand that, surely he had to go? I'm not being horrible but I got the sack from Walsall and I could've got England to where we ended up. In fact, everyone I know could have done as well as him.
It was almost impossible not to win that group, it was that easy. That is why he has to go.